Do you have trouble accessing X (formerly known as Twitter), the social media platform? You’re not alone. In the U.S., tens of thousands users have reported issues that began around 7:06 PM. ET.
According to Down Detector the majority of the issues with X are experienced by people accessing the site via the web rather than through the app on their smartphone. Users are being greeted with a message that reads, “Something went wrong. Try reloading.” Reloading doesn’t seem to help, according to my own tests.
X suffered a variety of technical problems over the past few months, including users not being able to load their site. Users were banned from the social media site after only 600 tweets. That was cap was soon raised and doesn’t appear to be a serious problem anymore.
Elon Musk purchased Twitter in October 2022. He made a lot of changes to the site, which included firing thousands. Some tech experts warned at the time that getting rid of so much staff risked causing the site to experience outages, though it’s not clear what’s causing the current downtime.
Musk also stirred up controversy by making provocative statements on the website, which reportedly scared off advertisers. The billionaire owner recently said ad revenue has declined by roughly 50% since he took over and it’s not clear what might be done to fix that in the near term.
Musk hired Linda Yaccarino in June as his CEO to soothe advertiser fears. It remains to be determined if this was a successful move, since Musk is still the focus of many power users.
X didn’t respond to emails sent on Monday night. I’ll update this post if I hear back.
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